Four FFA district level winners from the Enterprise FFA chapter were named state winners for their proficiency projects at the 81st annual State FFA Convention held in Corvallis March 19-22. Judges at the state level are industry experts in each specific area and applicants are interviewed by a committee of their peers and advisers. The winners were awarded a state winning plaque and a check for $300 each. The winners were:
Jake Nicholls, senior, landscape managementJake works in the family business, Eastern Oregon Nursery and Landscaping. He began in the greenhouses and around the business doing small jobs and 'graduated' to working in the landscaping business including the Wallowa Memorial Hospital landscaping. Jake earned his State FFA Degree this year and is a member of the chapter officer team as historian.
Jaymes Butterfield-, senior, forage production placement Jaymes works on his family's haying operation, B&B Farms, and hopes to someday run the farm. He started off setting pipe at a young age and has worked his way up in the family business and is responsible for running a wide variety of equipment including swathers, rakes, balers, and bale wagons. Jaymes recently attended a pivot school to learn about running and maintaining the new irrigation system on the farm. Jaymes is currently serving as the chapter reporter.
Kyle Stangel, junior, turf grass managementKyle and his older brother, Lucas, started a lawn care business when Lucas entered high school. When Lucas graduated, Kyle took over. The business now serves more than 15 lawn owners. Kyle is responsible for all scheduling and mowing and customer satisfaction. He has been able to use money he has earned from his project to purchase a pick up and update and maintain his mowers and weed eaters.
Brooke Greenshields, sophomore, veterinary medicineBrooke works for Double Arrow Veterinary Clinic and volunteers at the Eagle Cap Extreme (ECX) Sled Dog races. At the clinic, Brooke helps with general clean-up and maintenance and assists with minor procedures. She works as a vet check assistant at the sled dog races. For the past two years she has helped recruit other students from the chapter for ECX by helping organize teams to work with each of the four vets during check-in. Brooke works with the head vet recording temperatures and vitals for each dog before and during the races. Brooke was the chairman on the district winning parliamentary procedure team this year.